PALMER — On Friday, Palmer Manager John Moosey announced the closure of most city facilities as a precaution to slow the spread of COVID-19 in support of Gov. Dunleavy’s emergency action.
The MTA Event Center, Train Depot, City Hall, and visitor information center are all closed to the public. The visitor information center restroom will remain open to the public and the library will be closed to in-person reading but will offer curbside delivery. The buildings will remain closed from November 13 until December 1.
“Please, be aware that additional impacts to the City services may occur. The city of Palmer will strive to provide full service in the safest way practical,” wrote Moosey.
On Wednesday, the Palmer City Council will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m., for public hearing on Ordinance 20-016 that would enact a mask mandate in Palmer. The ordinance is sponsored by Deputy Mayor Sabrena Combs and Councilwoman Dr. Jill Valerius.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has generated a public health emergency that threatens to overwhelm our health system, endangering the lives and well-being of our citizens. The Governor has issued an emergency alert asking citizens to remain diligent is social distancing and masking.The CDC recommends wearing masks or face coverings in public settings in addition to maintaining six feet physical distancing. In line with his recommendation, the city puts forth this emergency ordinance to preserve the health and safety of our community,” reads the ordinance.
There were 584 new COVID-19 cases among Alaskans on Friday and there have been 21,275 total residents that have tested positive. In the Mat-Su, the 82 cases announced on Friday were tied for the second highest day since the start of the coronavirus pandemic with October 25. There have been 2,224 COVID-19 cases among Mat-Su residents. Of those, 626 were from Palmer and 247 of those remain active.